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Cathedral.

Church containing official seat (Gk. kathedra) or throne of bp.; hence mother ch. (ecclesia matrix) of diocese. Formerly also called dome (Lat. domus episcopi, “house of bp.”); hence Ger. Dom and It. duomo. Originally a cathedral was served by a bp.; gradually services were delegated to a separate body of clergy (see Chapter); other chs. in diocese called parish churches. In the Luth. Ch. the word cathedral is used in a wider sense and includes various significant churches. See also Church Architecture; Western Christianity 500–1500, 8.


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